Pic 1: lantana
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A quick stop in Sungai Buloh recently resulted in a purchase of 3 polybags of lantana for 10 Malaysian Ringgit. They are of dwarf type: short with plenty of multicoloured flowers. Kakdah decided to put them in 3 medium sized pots. Standard information about Lantana mentions it as a genus of about 150 perennial flowering plants natives to the tropical regions of Americas and Africa. Click for more here: Lantana
This new addition to the garden will add to the colors which for a while has been all green. Sunflower has not bloomed yet, brinjal and tomato has little flowers that is not too impactful. Lantana will give the little garden of ours a bigger spectrum of colors.
And it offers an opportunity in trying cuttings as lantana propagation. Lantana can be propagated from greenwood or semi- ripe stem cuttings. Make 3 inch cuttings off non-flowering shoots. Strip off any leaves that come in contact with rooting medium and the soil. Dip the ends in a hormone rooting medium and insert in a moist, well drained, soil made of peat moss and sand or perlite. Cuttings also root well in rockwood plugs. Cover the container with a clear plastic bag and keep in a spot with bright filtered light. It should root in 2-3 weeks. When you see new growth emerging uncover your container and place it in brighter light and start to lightly fertilize every 2 weeks to promote healthy new growth. When the plants have about 2-3 inches of new growth, pinch the tips to encourage bushy growth. The following spring repot plants in individual pots. Young rooted plants usually bloom more profusely than older plants. Click for more here:Gardening Advice/Tips/Secrets